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First Trust launches US ‘Value Line Dividend’ ETF in Europe

Feb 14th, 2020 | By
First Trust launches ‘Value Line Dividend’ ETF in Europe

First Trust has brought another of its blockbuster US strategies to Europe with the launch of the First Trust launch Value Line Dividend Index UCITS ETF (FVD LN) on the London Stock Exchange. Linked to the Value Line Dividend Index, the fund provides exposure to a portfolio of quality US companies with low-risk and high-dividend characteristics. Gregg Guerin, Senior Product Specialist for First Trust, commented, “This latest addition to our equity solutions is a safety-first strategy that can provide investment managers with the potential for greater downside protection during periods of market volatility.”


First Trust launches actively managed merger arbitrage ETF

Feb 7th, 2020 | By
First Trust launches actively managed merger arbitrage ETF

First Trust Advisors has launched a new actively managed ETF in the US providing returns similar to those attributable to hedge funds pursuing merger arbitrage strategies. The First Trust Merger Arbitrage ETF (MARB US) has listed on NYSE Arca and comes with an expense ratio of 1.94%. Ryan Issakainen, Senior Vice President, ETF Strategist at First Trust, commented, “Since this ETF is expected to have low correlations to both stocks and bonds, we believe it will be an effective tool for investment professionals seeking to further diversify their clients’ portfolios.”


First Trust rolls out second risk-controlled S&P 500 ‘buffer’ ETF in Canada

Feb 5th, 2020 | By
Karl Cheong, Head of Distribution at First Trust Canada

First Trust Portfolios Canada has introduced its second structured, risk-controlled S&P 500 ETF with the launch of the First Trust Cboe Vest US Equity Buffer ETF – November (NOVB.F CN) on Toronto Stock Exchange. The fund offers access to the bellwether S&P 500 Index while protecting the fund against potential losses up to a predetermined amount. Karl Cheong, Head of Distribution at First Trust Canada, commented, “Our goal at First Trust Canada is to provide high-quality, innovative tools for investment advisors. We believe this ETF will be effective for those seeking equity-like upside potential for their clients with a limited downside buffer.”


First Trust brings capital strength ETF strategy to Europe

Jan 31st, 2020 | By
Gregg Guerin, Senior Product Specialist for First Trust

First Trust has unveiled the First Trust Capital Strength UCITS ETF (FTCS LN) on London Stock Exchange. The fund, which replicates the strategy behind one of First Trust’s first US-listed ETFs, provides smart beta exposure to a portfolio of US-listed companies with strong balance sheets and less volatile stock prices. Gregg Guerin, Senior Product Specialist for First Trust, commented, “We are pleased to bring this rules-based strategy to market and believe FTCS offers advisers and wealth managers the potential for protecting in negative markets while participating in increasing markets.”


Energy ETFs rally on OPEC production cuts

Dec 11th, 2019 | By
Brent and WTI – A tale of two benchmarks

Energy-related equity ETFs have chalked up impressive performance recently with several funds delivering 8%+ returns over the past week and the First Trust Natural Gas ETF (FCG US) leading the charge with a return of 9.9%. The rally comes off the back of higher oil prices which have been trending upwards following the announcement of production cuts by OPEC and allied oil producers.


First Trust launches trio of actively managed US multi-factor ETFs

Dec 5th, 2019 | By
Ryan Issakainen, Senior Vice President, ETF Strategist at First Trust.

First Trust has launched three new ETFs on NYSE Arca, providing actively managed, multi-factor exposure to large-, mid-, and small-cap equities listed in the US. The funds are based on a quantitative investment process that seeks to identify stocks with exposure to equity risk premia with specific stock selection managed by an investment committee. Ryan Issakainen, SVP & ETF Strategist at First Trust, said, “These actively managed ETFs harness First Trust’s expertise to target exposure to rewarded factor premiums, while also attempting to mitigate unintended biases and manage overall portfolio risk.”


Innovator launches December series of S&P 500 ‘defined outcome’ ETFs

Dec 2nd, 2019 | By
Emles launches long/short equity ETF

Innovator Capital has launched three new ETFs which form the December series of the firm’s S&P 500 ‘defined outcome’ suite. The Innovator S&P 500 Buffer ETF – December (BDEC US), Innovator S&P 500 Power Buffer ETF – December (PDEC US), and Innovator S&P 500 Ultra Buffer ETF – December (UDEC US) have listed on Cboe BZX Exchange and come with expense ratios of 0.79%.

All three funds have been listed on Cboe BZX Exchange.


First Trust launches actively managed factor-based global govies ETF

Nov 21st, 2019 | By
First Trust launches actively managed factor-based global govies ETF

First Trust has unveiled its second factor-based fixed income ETF in Europe with the launch of the First Trust Low Duration Global Government Bond UCITS ETF (FSOV NA) on Euronext Amsterdam. The fund is actively managed and aims to provide attractive levels of income and capital growth with low levels of duration risk. The fund’s managers seek to achieve these objectives by systematically exploiting carry and value factor premia present in global sovereign bond markets while simultaneously using interest rate derivatives to synthetically reduce the duration of the portfolio.


First Trust introduces ‘Target Outcome’ ETFs

Nov 8th, 2019 | By
Ryan Issakainen, Senior Vice President, ETF Strategist at First Trust.

First Trust has unveiled four ‘target outcome’ ETFs in partnership with Cboe Vest, offering a structured play on S&P 500 equities. Target outcome strategies target a defined return profile with an allowance for a specific level of risk, at a particular point in time. Ryan Issakainen, Senior Vice President, ETF Strategist at First Trust, commented, “We believe these ETFs will be effective for those seeking equity-like upside potential for their clients with a limited downside buffer.”


WisdomTree launches growth-tilted cloud computing ETF

Sep 6th, 2019 | By
Jeremy Schwartz WisdomTree

WisdomTree has announced the launch of the WisdomTree Cloud Computing UCITS ETF, providing exposure to fast-growing cloud computing companies. The fund has listed on London Stock Exchange and comes with an expense ratio of 0.40%. It is linked to the BVP Nasdaq Emerging Cloud Index, a collaboration between exchange operator Nasdaq and technology venture capital firm Bessemer Venture Partners. Jeremy Schwartz, Global Head of Research at WisdomTree, commented, “The WisdomTree Cloud Computing UCITS ETF targets cloud computing businesses, which we believe are best positioned for high levels of recurring revenue growth and have the potential to scale at a faster rate than traditional tech companies.”